LGBTQ drama Jump, honey will have its international premiere next month at the digital edition of BFI Flare: London LGBTQ + Film Festival.
The Canadian drama, starring late Hollywood legend Cloris Leachman in her latest lead role, will be seen online at the UK’s largest LGBTQ film festival, taking place digitally from March 17-28 this year.
Phil Connell’s debut film, Jump, honey follows the story of an actor turned drag queen Russell (Thomas Duplessie), who finds himself returning to the Canadian countryside to live with his diminishing grandmother (Leachman).
A full synopsis reads: “Russell (Thomas Duplessie), a drag queen-turned-drag actor struggling to find his voice, is half prepared in front of a dressing room mirror in the back of a bustling gay bar in the city and given a heartbreaking ultimatum.
Overcome with indecision, he flees to his grandmother’s house in the countryside. There he finds the sardonic Margaret (Cloris Leachman) in disrepair. In a perfect, if uncertain solution to both, he moves in to protect her from her greatest fear – the local nursing home.
“In no time, Russell is lighting up the local college bar with his alter ego Fishy Falters. Thwarted by his overprotective mother, a sexy yet mysterious college boy, a gay bar owner in Cockney City and the ghost of his botched artist. Grandfather, Russell struggles. to realize a bold new identity.
“Meanwhile, Margaret is fighting to regain power, despite her hesitant mind.”
Jump, honey also includes performances by Canadian drag artists Fay Slift, Miss Fiercealicious and Canada’s drag race star Tynomi Banks.
Academy Award winner Leachman, who holds the record for the most Primetime Emmy acting nominations in history (22) and most notably starred Ellen DeGeneres’ mother on her sitcom The Ellen Show, died last month at the age of 94.
Jump, honey Writer and director Connell said in a statement, “BFI Flare London LGBTIQ + Film Festival is an incredibly important space for queer filmmakers to share stories from our community.
“Celebrating Cloris and her achievements at this festival is a perfect tribute to her legacy. Cloris was an icon and an ally. To work with her, get to know her and now share her last leading performance with the world. a real honor. “
Tickets to the BFI Flare: London LGBTQ + Film Festival’s digital screening of Jump baby will be available to BFI members from Friday 26 February and to the general public from Tuesday 2 March.
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